Lenovo ThinkStation P350, here are the new entry-level workstations with Intel Rocket Lake CPU

Lenovo ThinkStation P350, here are the new entry-level workstations with Intel Rocket Lake CPU

Lenovo ThinkStation P350

Lenovo announced three new Intel Rocket-Lake-based desktop PCs for finance, architecture, engineering and many different types of workloads that require workstation hardware support. The ThinkStation P350 family covers the entry-level range, so don't expect to find the technical features commonly associated with the category within it.

Credit: Lenovo Credit: Lenovo The ThinkStation P350 line starts with the smallest PC from 1 liter called P350 Tiny. It is equipped with 11th generation Intel Core CPUs and Lenovo claims it is the smallest workstation in the industry. As for the available options, the flagship processor is the Core i9-11900, which can be combined with up to 64GB of DDR4 memory running at 3200 MHz. Moving on to the graphics sector, it is possible to install up to one NVIDIA P1000 / GPU. T600 with 4GB of VRAM.

Next, we have the P350 Tower and P350 Small Form Factor (SFF) offerings, designed for mission-critical tasks and providing more computing power than the Tiny model. The Tower variant offers a choice of processors up to Intel Core i9-11900K or Intel Xeon W-1390P paired with up to 128GB of 3,200MHz DDR4 memory across four memory slots. Additionally, the Tower can hold up to one NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 GPU with 16GB of VRAM.

Credit: Lenovo Credit: Lenovo Tower's little brother, the SFF model, is very similar to the Tiny, but only features a different CPU: Intel Core i9-11900 or Intel Xeon W-1309. Its maximum memory configuration is 128GB DDR4 3200MHz, while on the graphics side it supports up to an NVIDIA T1000 GPU with 4GB of VRAM.

For further details concerning this new series, we advise you to consult the official datasheets. The price of ThinkStation P350 Tower, SFF and Tiny starts at $ 969, $ 949 and $ 899 respectively, while availability is scheduled for July 23.

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Lenovo debuts ThinkStation P350 family of desktop workstations starting under $1,000


Lenovo ThinkStation P350 Tiny

Though nowhere near as visible as its laptop offerings, Lenovo's business PCs are still an important part of the company's computer stable, harkening back to the early days of IBM's systems, long before the Chinese manufacturer acquired those assets. So news like this week's launch of the company's ThinkStation P350 desktop workstation family isn't quite as sexy as a new ThinkPad 2-in-1, but enterprises looking to upgrade their workforce's PCs should take notice.

The new lineup comprises a tower-sized model (P350 TWR), a slimmed-down desktop (P350 SFF), and what Lenovo calls '[t]he industry's smallest workstation ' (P350 Tiny) , all starting for less than $1,000. The big/little/littler approach to form factor attempts to cover the myriad roles workstations play in today's business environment, from a traditional full-sized desktop for power users to systems that can fit anywhere they're needed.

Despite the wild variance in size, the ThinkStation P350 series shares a few things in common, such as Intel's 11th-generation Core processors inside (up to Core i9 desktop chips along with Xeon W-1390 CPU options for the P350 TWR and SFF) and PCIe Gen 4 interfaces or faster storage and graphics support. But because the P350 Tiny is 96-percent smaller than a traditional desktop, according to Lenovo, it obviously sports some key differences from the P350 TWR and P350 SFF, such as less maximum RAM (64GB versus 128GB) and fewer storage options. While all P350 computers can handle up to a pair of 2TB in solid-state storage, only the larger siblings can house traditional hard drives (up to 6TB for 3.5-inch drives and 1TB for 2.5-inch versions) and provide RAID support.

To its credit the P350 Tiny isn't completely hobbled in the graphics department, as many pint-sized workstations are. It can be equipped with either Nvidia Quadra P1000 or T600 mobile professional graphics cards , the former of which is available in the ThinkPad P1 mobile workstation. The P350 SFF can include an Nvidia T1000 card instead, while the P350 TWR not surprisingly can handle a powerful Quadro RTX 5000 graphics board.

The P350 Tiny doesn't lack for connectivity options, either, with five USB 3.2 Type-A ports and USB 3.2 Type-C port, as well as HDMI and DisplayPort outputs and four mini-DisplayPort ports to allow it to support up to six displays. The tower and SFF systems add even more USB ports, a Thunderbolt 4 connection and legacy connections like a parallel port and a pair of serial ports. They also include a memory card slot, optical drive, and a trio of PCIe expansion slots.

As you might expect, the P350 Tiny has the tiniest price tag of the three, starting at $899, whereas the P350 SFF will start at $949 and the P350 TWR will cost $969 and up. Lenovo says the ThinkStation P350 family will be available to purchase beginning on July 23.